Smith Border NPS

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NPS-2020-00257

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any written or electronic communications, including memos and email attachments, sent by Paul Daniel Smith that relate or refer to the Trump administration's decision to send National Park Service rangers to the U.S.-Mexico border to conduct law enforcement and border security operations. This request seeks records produced since January 1, 2018.

I am a reporter for The Guardian.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias

From: National Park Service

Mr. Tobias,

Your request has been received and has been assigned tracking number
NPS-2020-00257. All future correspondence relating to this request should
reference this tracking number.

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.15
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the
National Park Service processes requests on a first-in, first-out basis
within several processing tracks. Your request has been placed in the
normal track. There are currently 4 expedited, 3 simple, and 119 normal
requests ahead of this request in the processing queue.

Our response is due by December 30, 2019. If you do not receive our
response by that date you may file an appeal by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime after the
estimated response date provided above and the date we issue our final
response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and the face of
the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your
appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your original request and copies
of all correspondence between yourself and the National Park Service
related to this request, along with any information you have which leads
you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any appeal received
after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received on the next
business day.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: National Park Service

Mr. Tobias,

At this time there are 4 expedited, 2 simple, and 109 normal ahead of this
request in my processing queue, in addition to two requests that I am
working on that are in litigation.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you Charis.

Jimmy

From: National Park Service

Mr. Tobias,

Your request is granted in full. During a search of our files we located two responsive records, which are included in the attached PDF. I trust that this information fully satisfies your request. Please do not hesitate to contact me, as the person responsible for processing your request, if you have any questions regarding this response. Additionally, contact information for the Department’s FOIA Public Liaison is available at https://www.doi.gov/foia/foiacenters.

In addition, as part of the 2007 OPEN Government Act FOIA amendments, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) was created to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
Room 2510
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Phone: 301-837-1996
Fax: 301-837-0348
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

Note, because the National Park Service creates and maintains law enforcement records, we are required by the Department of Justice to provide the following information, even though it may or may not apply to your specific request. Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that we are required to give all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD., CRM

NPS FOIA Officer

12795 W. Alameda Parkway

PO Box 25287

Denver, CO 80225-0287

303-969-2959

Fax: 303-969-2557

1-855-NPS-FOIA

Please send replies to this NPSFOIA@nps.gov Address

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From: National Park Service

The FOIA
request
- DOI-NPS-2020-000293 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: DOI-NPS-2020-000293
* Requester: Jimmy Tobias
* Submitted Date: 08/01/2020
* Description:
DIR: Correspondence from Paul Daniel Smith that relate to NPS rangers to the U.S.-Mexico border for law enforcement from January 1, 2018 to present.

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